Earn triple Avios – SEVEN per Euro! – on Accor (Sofitel, Mercure, Novotel etc) stays

If you need a hotel during December, I wanted to remind you of the generous Accor promotion which has been running for the last two months and which continues until the end of the year.

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Sofitel, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery and Pullman, is running an interesting ‘triple Avios’ promotion with Iberia Plus.

The offer runs until 31st December.  Registration does not seem to be required.

Full details can be found here.

Sofitel St James 350

This is what you have to do:

Change the settings on your Le Club AccorHotels account from earning points to earning miles

WARNING:  If you already have a pot of over 3,000 Accor points, they will be converted into Iberia miles immediately.  If you want to save your existing points for a hotel redemption then do NOT take part in this promo.

Select Iberia Plus as your preferred airline – NOT British Airways!  (You will obviously have to open an Iberia Plus account at iberia.com if you don’t have one.  New members of Iberia Plus must wait 90 days before they can transfer Avios across to British Airways or avios.com)

Book and stay – existing bookings made before 1st October do not count – before 31st December for a stay which completes by 31st December.  Iberia Plus must be selected as your earning partner at the time of booking.

You can repeat this an unlimited number of times

The landing page says:

members must book the stay only from this offer page

However, when the read the small print, it is less restrictive:

member must book online in this page, on accorhotels.com or our participating brands websites or through the Accorhotels.com mobile application and via Accor call centers. All other reservation channels will not be eligible for this offer.

The ‘triple points’ is based on what you would earn as a ‘Classic’ base level member, ie 2.5 points per Euro.  This means that you would earn 7.5 Avios per €1 spent which is a very attractive rate.  Status members would earn even more.

(Note that the earning rate is lower at Ibis, Ibis Styles and Adagio.  You only earn 1 per €1.  At Adagio Access you earn 0.5 per €1.  This means that a ‘Classic’ member would be earning 3 Avios per €1.)

This deal could work out very nicely.  Let’s imagine that you are spending £500 at a Novotel for a week.  That would be €568 which would earn you 4,260 Avios.  A status member would do even better.

Full details can be found on the Accor website here.

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Comments

  1. When setting up the Accor account to earn Iberia miles, does the existing plot of points , if over 3000, convert at a triple rate?

    • No, just your actual stay earnings after signing up. They get added to your account at x3 rate a couple of days after your stay. Once you have 3k points they get sent over to your Iberia account. They usually take about a week to show up there.

  2. Bonus! Have a stay on the 30th

  3. James Howes says:

    Bugger. Just booked a non-refundable room at Sofitel Heathrow for Dec 22nd… through Hotels.com! Grr.

    • That’s annoying 😐 unless it was substantially cheaper, I wouldn’t book any potential points earning stuff through hotel booking sites – I hope the price was a fabulous price, so the blow is softened a bit….?

  4. OT – the answer for today’s IHG Advent Calendar question is 84000…

  5. Sussex Bantam says:

    This is a good offer which I’ve taken advantage of several times. Initially I did’t think I could as I have a large balance already that I didn’t want to credit to Iberia.

    However I figured a workaround – make a fully refundable booking for several months time using your existing points – this parks the points and stops the auto transfer impacting on your own balance. You can always cancel the booking later on and get your original stash re-credited.

    I’ve even had some success by cancelling the auto transfer option as soon as the points credit to my account. That way you keep the bonus in your Accor account.

    • Yes, I have done this too – I have 16000 points stored in a hotel booking for next summer. But if the offer is still live, you have to cancel and rebook before you get a no-show. I had a horrible thought that I had messed up when I did this – all the cancelled points MIGHT have transferred instantly to Avios before I rebooked another room.
      Happily, all was OK, but for safety I suggest cancelling the Avios conversion setting while you re-book, then reinstate it..

  6. I am currently begin offered * 4 in six countries, and separately in North and Central America for 21st-31st Dec,

  7. In case someone is interested, Oman Air is offering 50% off on international air fares. Some interesting deals available, CAI-BKK rtrn in Business for just 365£. Whether you won’t to go through CAI is another thing, but this is the deal of the year.